Indian Broiler Company Moves into Egg Production01 July 2014
INDIA - Chicken producer and processor firm, Amrit Group is to set up an egg division based on Hy-Line layers.
Amrit Group, Kolkata-based vertically integrated poultry firm and one of the major broiler chicken producers in the country, will foray into layer breeding segment by launching Hy-line breed in traditional markets of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, reports Economic Times.
K. Ravindran, Chief Operating Officer of Amrit Group, said that the INR30-billion group, partnering with Hy-Line International USA, will introduce the Hy-line breed that were designed to have excellent livability, superior feed efficiency and the highest egg quality, increasing the potential profit of the growers.
India is the third largest producer of table eggs, after China and the US. Layer birds are bred and adapted to Indian climate, and international brands like Bovans, Lohmann and Hyline are present in the market.
Around 70 per cent of the layer farming is in southern states, according to Mr Ravindran.
The Amrit Group is to focus on the three southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu during this financial year and gradually expand to north and eastern parts of the country in the coming years.
India currently has a layer population of 220 million, with layer chick placement of 12.8 million per month, he said, adding the company aimed to capture a 30 per cent share of the market by 2017-18.
The breed is best known for its strong-shelled eggs, the best interior egg quality with minimum feed consumption, making Hy-line the industry's lowest cost producer of egg, adds the Economic Times report.ThePoultrySite News Desk